Canadian Cannibal

Luka Magnotta diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2005

Luka Magnotta was treated for paranoid schizophrenia, according to the psychologist who treated him before a 2005 fraud conviction.

Ontario Court Judge Fergus O’Donnell released the psychologist’s letter Wednesday, ruling against the request of Magnotta’s lawyer, Luc Leclair, to keep the letter sealed.

Magnotta is accused of murdering Chinese National Jun Lin, dismembering him, and mailing his body parts to public buildings around Canada. There was an international manhunt after he fled to Europe, which ultimately led to his capture in an internet café in Berlin.

The psychologist from the Rouge Valley Health System in Toronto that treated Magnotta, then known by his birth name Eric Newman, said he suffered from a “major psychiatric disorder” diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia beginning in at least 2000.

Magnotta reportedly was on antipsychotic medications to treat symptoms of paranoia and auditory hallucinations, among other effects, but did not always take his mediation.

Judge O’Donnell said that any privacy interests in the letter were removed when it was filed in open court.

“Without access to the letter, the public is not in a position to engage in a meaningful assessment or debate over the appropriateness of what happened to Mr. Newman in 2005 in what is supposed to be an open and transparent court process,” O’Donnell wrote.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

Source: AP

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